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Published on Maggio 22nd, 2014 | by Raffaella Capritti



Made in Italy


Viale Navigazione Interna, 54 - 35129 Padova (PA) - ITALY

Phone 0039 049 8997911 - Fax 0039 049 774727

Production: heat insulation sector

Enthusiasm, trust and constructive criticism.

The company has been operating in the heat insulation sector since 1963, the year when the first machine in Europe for the continuous lamination of polyurethane foam was installed at Pomezia (Rome).
Today the company is a leader in Italy for the production of heat insulation.
The product was called Stiferite from the name of the company that was working then in Rome, Stifer.
Production was transferred to Padua where today the plants turn out, each year, more than 6 million square metres of panels for the building industry.
The success of this product is also demonstrated by the fact that the Stiferite name has become synonymous with polyurethane foam panels.
However, we must thank all the designers, customers and users who have followed our work with enthusiasm, trust and constructive criticism.
This criticism, in particular, has spurred us towards the continuous improvement of our products, in the conviction that the success of a brand is closely linked with innovation and with the ability to satisfy the technical requirements of the market and of our customers.
While in 1963 we were pioneers in the production of polyurethane foam panels, in 2000 we installed a new lamination line that is able to produce the new Stiferite panels with a foam that has exceptional physical and mechanical characteristics, known as Polyiso foam.

Heat Insulation

Today heat insulation products have an increasingly important role both in industry and in building.
Thanks to their use it is in fact possible to obtain:

  • comfortable buildings and efficient performances in industry
  • limited energy consumption
  • reduction of harmful emissions caused by any energy process

All these objectives are essential for respecting the undertakings established under the Kyoto Protocol: the agreement signed by the most advanced countries, committed to environmental policies to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases responsible for the heating of the atmosphere.
About 20% of European consumption could be eliminated with an efficient policy.
Many of the resources used in energy processes and the emissions could be limited with a correct use of insulating materials.
In Europe alone, in 2005, the gross energy consumption reached a figure of 1725 Mtep, which could be reduced by almost 20% by adopting criteria for limiting waste and improving efficiency (see “Doing more with less” – Green paper on energy efficiency).
The building sector accounts for about 40% of consumption and 20% of the emissions of carbon dioxide; however, it has a very high saving potential: about 50% of the consumption and 70% of the emissions can be eliminated by adopting more efficient building processes and using more and better thermal insulation.
In Europe, and now also in Italy, a serious legislative commitment has been undertaken to check the energy efficiency of buildings (EPBD – Energy Performance of Building Directive).

Insulation and energy saving in building

To heat and cool rooms we use a great deal of energy with high economic and environmental costs.
Really, much of the heat and cold produced by systems is needlessly lost through inefficient building structures.
With the Directive 2002/91/EC (EPBD), the European Union proposes to obtain a saving of about 22% of energy consumption by 2010 and the reduction of emissions amounting to about 100 million tonnes of CO2.
As well as system performances and inspections, the Directive establishes:

  • a common European method for calculating the energy yield of buildings the application of minimum energy yield requirements of new and existing buildings, with a large surface area, subjected to restructuring
  • the issue of energy certificates for buildings.

In Italy, where the problem of energy inefficiency in buildings is particularly serious due to the failure to apply Law 10, the text of the European Directive has been assimilated with Law Decree n. 192 of 19 August 2005 which came into force on 8 October 2005.
Thanks to the new legislation, which contemplates performance limits, also Italian buildings will use adequate thicknesses of heat insulation.
On the site there is a utility for calculating on line the thickness of insulation necessary to respect the limits of Law Decree 192
Stiferite offers a range of heat insulating products, in polyurethane foam or Polyiso foam and in extruded polystyrene foam which are top performers in their category.

Stiferite Insulations

Stiferite panels in Polyiso foam are characterised by:

  • the highest heat insulating power with the same thickness (see table alongside), permeability or impermeability to vapour graded to suit application requirements
  • dimensional stability even in the presence of strong thermal gradients and of high temperatures
  • workability and light weight
  • compatibility with the environment
  • safety and harmlessness for humans

Since April 2003, every pack of Stiferite panels has borne the CE marking which certifies their conformity with harmonized standard UNI EN 13165.
All Stiferite heat insulating panels are produced and checked, respecting the requirements established for quality management systems by standard UNI EN ISO 9001-2000.

Category: Insulation
Tags: energy saving, harmful emissions, heat insulation sector, Insulation, polyurethane foam panel, polyurethane foam panels, reduction of harmful emissions, STIFERITE

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